Beyond Resilience

Nearly six years after Sandy flooded basements and uprooted trees, Red Hook Houses is still in recovery. But designers from KPF and OLIN see a future brighter than survival, when infrastructure combines with art and the landscape rises above the waterline.

People Movers

Haul Together

With New York City on the verge of reorganizing the private sanitation industry, union organizer Allan Henry connects the dots between street safety, worker rights, and environmental impacts.

The Location of Justice: Systems

The Happy Prison

Where do the street trees come from, and where does the compost go? Rikers Island was the city’s growing outpost for years. But does “greening” the prison always improve things for prisoners?

Underexposed

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In West Harlem, a wastewater treatment plants hides beneath a 28-acre state park.

Call for Proposals: Urban Wild Writer Residency

We seek a writer to explore and interpret the contemporary urban landscape where highways meet gas wells, herons, and kayakers.

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Architecture, art, and infrastructure once collided on this now vacant stretch in Coney Island.

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A gas plant and five-star hotel scratch the surface of one Williamsburg block.

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Underwater and out of sight, electricity moves between boroughs through tunnels designed to weather the storm.

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Traces of a private water supply system, only recently decommissioned, extend across southeastern Queens.

Shelf Life

Seeding the Next Epoch

Seed libraries can restart agriculture after disasters. But what of useless plants? Two artists save the spontaneous, weedy species that serve no purpose but their own.